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News from within the borders of Russia and the fight for LGBT equality there. The country's president, Vladimir Putin, ignited an international firestorm in the summer after signing the so-called gay propaganda law, which prohibits positive depictions of LGBT people in the Russian media. Russia is a country in southern Eurasia. It is also the world's largest country, although it ranks eighth most populous. Russia has a rich cultural heritage, and has contributed such figures as Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Anton Chekhov, Anna Pavlova, and Igor Stravinsky.
WATCH: Elton John Slams 'Inhumane, Isolating' Anti-LGBT Laws In Russia
December 06 2013 8:40 PM ET

WATCH: Elton John Takes Stage in Russia, Doesn't Hold Back

Sunnivie Brydum

The out musician also dedicated his Moscow performance to a 23-year-old gay Russian who was brutally murdered after coming out to his friends earlier this year.

Lady Gaga Congratulates Tom Daley, Urges Boycott of Sochi Olympics
December 06 2013 12:59 PM ET

Lady Gaga Urges Boycott of Sochi Olympics

Jase Peeples

The bisexual singer had nothing but applause for the British Olympic diver’s decision to come out this week and made it clear she believes a boycott of the upcoming Winter Games in Sochi is necessary.

WATCH: New 'It Gets Better' Campaign Aimed at Russian LGBT Youth
December 05 2013 6:33 PM ET

WATCH: It Gets Better Speaks to Russian LGBT Youth

Jase Peeples

The organization that has brought hope to millions of LGBT people around the world responds to Russia’s antigay laws with a new campaign.

Russia's High Court Declares 'Gay Propaganda' Ban Constitutional
December 04 2013 2:22 PM ET

Russia's High Court: 'Gay Propaganda' Ban Is Constitutional

Sunnivie Brydum

Russia's Constitutional Court dismissed a challenge from one of the nation's most prominent LGBT activists contending that the nationwide ban on so-called gay propaganda violated the Russian Constitution.

Russia Makes Mad Magazine's List of 20 Dumbest Things
December 03 2013 5:01 PM ET

Russia Makes Mad Magazine's List of 20 Dumbest Things

Jase Peeples

Mad magazine's year-end '20 Dumbest People, Events, and Things' issue includes Russia among the worst of 2013 for the country’s appalling treatment of LGBT people.

Gay Ukranian 'X-Factor' Contestant Accuses Russian Neo-Nazis in Attack
December 03 2013 2:21 PM ET

X Factor's Gay Contestant IDs Russian Neo-Nazis

Sunnivie Brydum

Alexander Bohun, a 24-year-old gay man from Ukraine, was lured into a homophobic attack by a group of Russian nationalists calling themselves Occupy Pedophilia.

Italy Now Sole Country Allowed to Adopt Russian Children
December 02 2013 3:00 PM ET

Italy: Sole Country Allowed to Adopt Russian Children

Alex J Davidson

The Kremlin made the announcement following a summit of the two countries last week.

Olympics: Activists Deliver Long List of Unanswered Questions
December 01 2013 7:30 AM ET

Olympics: Activists Deliver Long List of Unanswered Questions

Lucas Grindley

Russia's antigay laws are clear, but how it intends to enforce them when the Olympics begin is still unclear.

Gus Van Sant, Dustin Lance Black Attend LGBT Film Festival in Russia, Despite Bomb Threats
November 26 2013 6:46 PM ET

Gus Van Sant, Dustin Lance Black Attend LGBT Film Festival in Russia, Despite Bomb Threats

Jase Peeples

Though antigay opponents have attempted to shut it down, through fear, intimidation, and protest the Side by Side LGBT film festival continues in St. Petersburg.

Attacks on Moscow Gay Club Continue
November 25 2013 1:45 PM ET

Attacks on Moscow Gay Club Continue

Trudy Ring

Unknown assailants sprayed a harmful gas inside the Central Station club Saturday night, just a week after gunshots were fired there.

PSA Shines Spotlight on Violence Against Russian LGBTs
November 21 2013 7:28 PM ET

PSA Shines Spotlight on Violence Against Russian LGBTs

Daniel Reynolds

An advocacy organization has released the first in a series of videos that draws attention to the plight faced by LGBT Russians.

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